The Polite Way to Say Death by Hanging

The applicant for life insurance was finding it difficult to fill out the application.  The salesman asked what the trouble was, and the man said that he couldn’t answer the question about the cause of death of his father.  The salesman wanted to know why.  After some embarrassment the client explained that his father had been hanged.  The salesman pondered for a moment. “Just write: `Father was taking part in a public function when the platform gave way.'”